Blackwater escapes Columbian to stop 4-game slide

Delfin Dioquino
The Elite draw prolific performances from Allein Maliksi and Mac Belo to keep their playoff chances alive

VETERAN. Allein Maliksi shows way as Blackwater returns to the winning column. Photo from PBA Images

MANILA, Philippines – Blackwater returned to the winning track for the first time in a month after nosing out Columbian, 106-100, in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday, March 1.

Allein Maliksi and Mac Belo showed the way as the Elite, who last won a PBA game on January 30, snapped a four-game skid to improve to 2-6 and keep their playoff chances alive.

Maliksi put up 29 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists while Belo delivered 22 markers, 9 boards and 2 dimes to help Blackwater build a lead big enough to stave off Columbian’s late comeback surge.

Down 92-100 with two minutes left, the Dyip managed to make it a one-possession game off an 8-2 spurt sparked by back-to-back triples from CJ Perez and Eric Camson, 100-102. 

However, Columbian blew its opportunity of tying the score as Rashawn McCarthy committed a five-second inbound violation.

The Elite sealed the win with 4 straight free throws from Roi Sumang and Paul Desiderio.

Desiderio chimed in 12 points and 7 rebounds, Sumang had 11 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals while Rabeh Al-Hussaini chipped in 11 points and 4 rebounds in the win.

Perez finished with 22 points and 8 rebounds but the Dyip failed to make it two wins in a row as they slipped to 3-5. 

McCarthy had 18 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals while Glenn Khobuntin and Camson added 17 and 13 points, respectively, in the losing cause. 

The Scores

Blackwater 106 – Maliksi 29, Belo 22, Desiderio 12, Sumang 11, Al-Hussaini 11, Javier 6, Banal 5, Sena 4, Digregorio 4, Jose 1, Tratter 1, Cortez 0, Alolino 0.

Columbian 100 – Perez 22, McCarthy 18, Khobuntin 17, Camson 13, Escoto 7, Corpuz 7, Calvo 5, Faundo 3, Cabrera 3, Agovida 2, Cahilig 0.

Quarters: 24-19, 51-50, 78-75, 106-100.


Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.